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Cultural Myths that Enable Divorce, Part II

July 21, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

If you haven’t read Part I, start there, or this won’t make a lot of sense to you. If you have, let’s just jump right in with the next myth to be dispelled: More than Half of All Marriages End in Divorce (I.E. Marriage is Doomed Before it Starts) This myth was once true…in the 1970s and 80s. But it ...

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Cultural Myths that Enable Divorce, Part I

July 18, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Two fish are swimming through the water, when they meet an older fish swimming the other way. “Morning, boys! How’s the water?” The two fish swim on for a while, when one of them looks at the other and asks, “What the hell is water?” This story serves to illustrate a very basic point about human life: we’re frequently so ...

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Dads During Divorce: 3 Keys to Keeping it Cool

July 14, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Typically, a divorce is not the time that you expect someone to be at their most functional. Divorce is stressful, messy, and painful, and it’s absurdly easy to make it much, much worse with a single angry comment. And because of our society’s inherent tendency to view men as more aggressive, we also tend to be much more ready to ...

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Michigan’s Flawed New Abortion Coercion Bill, Part II

July 13, 2016
Posted in: Michigan Law

Last week, we talked about exactly why the language in MCL 750.213a is profoundly flawed in a way that will likely cause some doctors to simply stop talking about abortion to pregnant women. I mentioned that it was relevant to family law, but I didn’t talk much about how — or about why the law’s flaws were so important. It’s ...

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Michigan’s Flawed New Abortion Coercion Bill

July 9, 2016
Posted in: Michigan Law

This isn’t exclusively a family law issue, but it’s closely related to several, and it shines a light on a political factor that makes being a family lawyer extremely difficult at times. Governor Snyder recently signed into law Michigan House Bill 4787, which makes it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion. This law was completely unnecessary ...

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Reputation Management During a Divorce

July 4, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Simply put, from the moment you believe that a divorce is inevitable, you need to be on your best behavior. Of course, that’s just common sense — but what if you’ve already been off your best behavior for quite a while? If you’re intelligent enough to notice that your behavior needs adjusting, congratulations: you’re already way ahead of most poorly-behaved ...

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The Incredible Unenforced Laws of Michigan Family Court

June 30, 2016
Posted in: Firm News

You may remember the furor earlier this year when the Michigan legislature passed a bill that made “the abominable and detestable crime against nature” (defined way back in English Common Law in 1533 as ‘anal penetration or bestiality’)  leap back into the foreground of the public consciousness for a couple of weeks. Many national news outlets ran with the headline ...

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How Your Inheritance Became Marital Property in the Divorce

June 27, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

One of the most basic assumptions we have about the money left to us by our deceased relatives is that it’s our money. And in most cases, that’s pretty reliable — but divorce is not most cases. As it turns out, there are many ways that a pile of money (and this applies to any significant windfall, but is most ...

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Child Custody and Taxes: Who Gets the Exemption?

June 23, 2016
Posted in: Child Custody

When you have a child, you’re eligible for a Dependent Tax Exemption (DTE) of the same size as the basic “I’m a person” exemption. But there’s a catch — if you and the other parent file separately, only one of you can claim the exemption. This makes sense; the IRS doesn’t want to give parents two exemptions from a single ...

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When Division of Property Gets Crazy: LLCs vs. the Law

June 20, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Division of property as part of a divorce gets pretty hairy in even the best of cases. But what happens when the process is complicated by a antenuptial agreement and several limited-liability companies? As it turns out, according to the Michigan Supreme Court, you can actually end up with a martial estate worth zero dollars. A Crazy Antenuptial Agreement In ...

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